October 20, 2016

Trick Or Treating With Dogs

Robin here!

I decided that this post would be appropriate for the early days of October. Whether you're a child, a teenager, you're simply young at heart, or if you know someone trick or tricking, this post is for you. A lot of people wonder if it's okay to take their dog trick or treating. This post will give you some logical answers. Later this month, I'll be doing a safety post for pets that are staying at home on Halloween, so stay tuned for that!

Last year, I went trick or treating with Chris. He only lived with me for two weeks at the time. We were both dressed up as hot dogs, and it was a lot of fun. Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help determine whether or not you should take your dog trick or treating with the rest of the family.

What is your dog's personality like?
If you're dog is overwhelmed by crowds, lots of sounds, and is generally a vulnerable and insecure dog, it's best to leave him at home. Don't be surprised if kids in masks and costumes run up to your dog. That's something that might spook some dogs and could cause them to react badly! However, if your dog is social and does well in busy situations, than your dog might be a great trick or treating companion.

Is your dog well trained?
If you're trick or treating with your dog, it's important that he's well behaved and knows basic commands. Sit, stay, and leave it I think are the three most important commands when out and about with your dog.

Your dog doesn't need to wear a costume to go trick or treating with the family, but who doesn't love a dog dressed up in an adorable little outfit? Christmas' hot dog costume feels just like a jacket to him, so he enjoys wearing it on cold days and it doesn't bother him at all. He was a big hit on Halloween! A couple weeks before Halloween, I got him used to wearing the outfit and I would have him wear it during training sessions, on casual walks, and when he slept until wearing the hot dog outfit was normal for him. When I first introduced him to it, he picked it up in his mouth and ran around the house with it!

Know when to draw the line!
Some dogs might not last a whole night of trick of treating. If your dog seems tired or stressed in the middle of the trick or treating excursion, take him home. As much as you'd love to be flanked by a costume sporting canine the entire night, you have to know what's best for your dog.

Stay safe!
Make sure your dog has a properly fitting collar and leash. Even if you're walking your dog with a harness and even if your dog is wearing a costume, he still should be wearing a collar with up to date identification tags. I also recommend that you have your dog microchipped if he isn't already. Chris has an up to date microchip, along with ID tags, so I know he's good to go!

My trick or treating experience with Christmas...
Christmas did fantastic! He was attentive to me and listened for commands. He enjoyed lots of head scratches. Every single step of the way, it was inevitable to hear "aww" or "a hot dog" or "look at that dog! He's dressed like a hot dog!". One person whose house that we trick or treated at gave Chris a Milk Bone treat when he showed off one of his tricks. Chris had no problem walking around the neighborhood and making old and new friends. He even got to meet a couple of friendly dogs along the way.

In conclusion...
It takes a special kind of dog to be okay with trick or treating, and if you think your dog fits the description, than you can make this Halloween more fun and memorable by taking your dog along. After all, they're a member of the family too!

How will your dogs be enjoying the Howloween festivities?


  1. Our pugs will be in costume!! They love the attention!

  2. I LOVE Howl-o-ween! All the neighborhood kiddos dress up in fun costumes and come over to see us! We always dress up in cool costumes too and sit outside on the patio with Momma. They pet us, and she gives them candy. What a pawesome howliday!

  3. Very wise words Christmas.
    I'm a stay at home Halloween Pup....I luffs having the visitors call
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. I don't think either of our dogs would create the right impression, BOL.
    Elliot and Cricket x

  5. I always have to spend trick-or-treat time in ghostwriter's office with the door closed so I don't scare the kids away. Don't worry. She keeps me company and leaves the window open so I can bark from there to provide some Halloween fright.

  6. Hari OM
    some good pointers here - this is something which is catching in the UK; it never used to be a 'thing' here. It was more in the home, dunking for apples and hiding in cupboards sort of thing. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. Hi Chris and Robin. I used to go trick or treating a lot - until Mommy #1 became a teenager (about your age, Robin). Then she had more fun going out with her friends and that did not include me. I still dress up, though, and help answer the door. I am very good and on my best behavior while begging for treats (isn't that the main idea of TnTing?). One time, though, I went INTO a house and started wandering around. That was embarrassing. It is overall a fun activity for pups and peeps even if there are not a lot of treats forthcoming.
    Love Noodles

  8. All that dropped candy is such a concern if your dog doesn't know the "leave it" command. But it can be fun to have them along!

  9. Everything is fun with a buddy. Do you get many trick or treaters at your house?
    Hugs madi your bfff

  10. I'm dressin up for Howloween - probably not trick or treating but I will be sell-a-bratin!

  11. We don't really celebrate Halloween here...though the shops are trying. We dogs get banned to the bedroom, if there's a chance of visitors.

  12. Awww, you two must have been so cute together. We don't think we have ever seen a dog come to our door for Halloween. Maybe we should start a new trend here:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  13. We wish more peeps would bring their pups with them Trick or Treating!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  14. thanks for a very impawtant post!!!
    our howl-o-ween ritual is EASY.... me and the mama and the ice cream in the bedroom, dad and the treats in the hallway to please the kids :o)


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